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Family, friends say goodbye to Aamir

Teens are victims and suspects as NYPD investigates horrific crimes

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:30 am

Aamir Griffin’s family said goodbye on Monday as police continue to search for the person who shot the 14-year-old to death on Oct. 26 as he played basketball on the court at the Baisley Park Houses.

Services took place at the Greater Allen Cathedral in Jamaica.

“He’s a poster child for doing the right thing and he’s iconic,” family spokesperson Tiffany Griffin told WCBS Channel 2. “It’s sad that he will never see what he did to a whole community.”

Aamir was killed just after 8 p.m. when he was struck by a bullet that police estimate was fired from more than 100 yards away. They believe he was an innocent bystander in what is being investigated as a possible gang shooting.

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case. And the community has rallied around the family, donating more than $14,000 to a gofundme effort that initially was intended to raise $10,000 to help the family pay funeral expenses.

The site is gofundme.com/f/everything-4-aamir.

One of those attending the funeral was Ron Naclerio, the legendary boys basketball coach at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, where Aamir was a freshman and had just made the junior varsity basketball team.

The New York Knicks this week also paid tribute to Aamir on the team’s Twitter page, with all the players posing with a blue team jersey bearing the number 2 and the name GRIFFIN across the back.

WPIX Channel 11 reported that another attendee was Ravi Armoorgan, whose 16-year-old daughter, Ashley, was shot and wounded outside of the New Dawn Charter High School in Jamaica less than two days after Aamir died.

Ashley, according to multiple reports, likely will carry the bullet inside her shoulder permanently, as it is lodged near major arteries that would make for highly risky surgery.

Police believe she too got caught between a shooter and his intended target. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder in the case. He was arrested along with another 16-year-old and a 17-year-old for a shooting that took place on a bus earlier in the day.

Police reportedly believe both shootings are linked to an ongoing dispute between two youth gangs in the Jamaica area.

In an unrelated incident, police in the 105th Precinct last Friday arrested a third teenager for an Oct. 8 attack that hospitalized a 79-year-old Cambria Heights man with multiple broken bones.

The NYPD announced that a 14-year-old was charged with second-degree gang assault and disorderly conduct. He joins 18-year-old Nyziere Lodge of Sunnyside who was arrested along with another 15-year-old on Oct. 29, also for second-degree gang assault and disorderly conduct.

In a video of the attack, two teens accost the man outside the Cambria Heights Library at 218-13 Linden Blvd. at 11:15 a.m.

One attacker knocks the man to the sidewalk before the two converge to repeatedly punch and kick him.

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